Mesh aims to bring together those working in CE with health across LMIC's and part of this is connecting you with other networks and knowledge platforms that can help you find collaborators and resources in your field.
This infographic maps the networks we have close partnerships with, who they are for and what they provide.
There are also a variety of other networks that you might find useful. These are listed below. If you would like to suggest a network to add to this list please get in touch:email@example.com
An online platform for the scientific community developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Trelis aims to foster an online community for public engagement professionals, scientists interested in engagement, researchers of public engagement, and practitioners who support it and translate research into practice. It has a much broader remit than Mesh with a focus across all of science and in all regions of the world but some may find it a helpful resource.
A Facebook group where African science communication practitioners and researchers meet online to share ideas and debate issues. Anyone interested in the interface between science and society in the developing world is most welcome to join but it is specifically aimed at Africa and at the communication and dissemination end of engagement, rather than community engagement. It was launched in Feb 2015, and has close to 1 000 members.
South African Association of Science and Technology Centres
SAASTEC is recognised by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) as representing interactive science centres in South Africa. SAASTEC holds an annual conference, which is usually hosted by a member science centre. It provides an opportunity for science centres to publicise themselves to other science centre professionals, meet with overseas professionals and discuss local issues with Southern African colleagues. The organisation publishes a newsletter and have various publications and reports on its web pages.
InformalScience.org is a collection of project, research, and evaluation resources designed to support the informal STEM education community in a variety of learning environments. Resources are targeted at helping reader develop a project (including identifying funding channels), discovering research in the area of STEM education and designing appropriate evaluation for informal science learning.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. Their web site has a multimedia bank of over 5,000 images, films and audio files categorised by themes which may be useful to Mesh readers such as communication, culture, education and science. There are a wealth of other resources many of which centre on communication across the spectrum from broadcast to participatory media.
Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) Brighton University, uk
The Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) at Brighton University has been establishing partnerships for over ten years and so the team has developed a substantial knowledge base on how communities and universities can work well together. Working closely with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) the team have provided support to various UK universities in their engagement work as well as having worked internationally with universities in Senegal, Cameron, Ethiopia, Qatar, Pakistan, India, Bosnia, Belgium, Canada and the US. Their resource pages offer a wealth of reports and guidance for academic institutions hoping to strengthen their engagement activity.
Eldis is a repository of resources and summaries on the broad theme of global development. Resources range across topics including health, health systems and climate change. Resources can be searched by country, topic and key issues. There is also a blog and jobs section.
The network for the popularisation of science in Latin America and the Caribean. This network tries to promote learning and exchange between organisations involved in science communication and engagement across the region. They host a biennial conference and provide a wealth of resources and contacts about projects in the region. Many of these are in Spanish and Portuguese.
Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp)
The Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp)aims to explore (and evaluate) ways to generate and communicate knowledge in order to improve responses to migration, health and well-being in the Southern African Development Community region. Multiple disciplinary perspectives, mixed method approaches, and the involvement of various stakeholders – including migrants themselves – are central.
Public Communication of Science and Technology
This is an international network of professionals from across disciplines who seek to promote new ideas, methods, intellectual and practical questions, and perspectives on the communication of science and technology. The network hosts a biannual conference and also hosts an email discussion list which you can register for here.
BIG is the skills sharing network for individuals involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in Britain. Amongst other things, members gain access to a wide range of networking and training events across the U.K, receive a quaterly newsletter and have full access to a membership directory of other professionals.
The Participation Resource Centre
The Participation Resource Centre holds the combined collections of the Institute of Development Studies and the International Institute for Environment and Development provides public access to over 5,000 books, documents, journals and dvds. Covering a wide range of practical and theoretical subjects, these resources include participatory methods, approaches and critiques from throughout the world, many of which are not available in libraries. Details of the resources are available at participatorymethods.org: these can be searched and copies downloaded where available. This website also provides news, event details and other useful information relating to participatory approaches and practice. The centre offers a limited document delivery service for requests from the Global South.
The American Association for the Advancment of Science: Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology
This is a U.S organisation which aims to Providing scientists and scientific institutions with the resources they need to have meaningful conversations with the public. Their online communications toolkit provides guidance on working with journalists, conducting in-person engagment such as delivering presentations and talks and online communications. The centre also delivers training and workshops for those who are eligible to attend.
AVAC’s Resource Database
AVAC is a contains a wide range of materials covering the spectrum of issues and interventions related to biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation. Many AVAC publications translate the complex issues of biomedical HIV prevention research to help policymakers, advocates and program managers make informed decisions. Resources include the Communications Handbook for Clinical Trials and AVAC Report 2017: Mixed messages and how to untangle them which explores many of the mixed communications, rhetoric and assumptions around HIV/Aids programming. All are available digitally here and physical copies of select items are available to orderhere.